Microsoft to appeal Sun Java injunction

Microsoft has begun the process of appealing a preliminary injunction awarded to Sun Microsystems in its Java technology lawsuit against the software maker.

The injunction, awarded by a California district court last month, required Microsoft to make changes to the Java technology in several of its products, including Windows 98 and its Internet Explorer Web browser, so that they would pass Sun's Java compatibility tests.

Microsoft filed a notice of appeal with the Federal District Court in San Jose, California, and has 28 days to file its appeal brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.

The preliminary injunction awarded to Sun was viewed by many as a major blow to Microsoft, which stands accused by Sun of "polluting" its Java programming language in order to compromise the technology's ability to create programs that run on any operating system.

Microsoft did this, according to Sun, because it viewed the technology as a threat to its operating systems business.

Microsoft denies the charges.

"Microsoft is appealing the District Court's preliminary ruling because Microsoft does not believe any preliminary injunction should have been ordered," said Tom Burt, associate general counsel for Microsoft, in a prepared statement.

"We are confident that Microsoft has developed the best Java implementation within the terms of our contract with Sun and in the best interests of Java developers and consumers."

Microsoft said it will comply with the District Court's ruling while waiting for the appeal to be heard. The company was given 90 days from the date the injunction was granted to make the changes to its products.

Sun officials said they won't be able to comment in any detail on Microsoft's appeal until it lays out its argument against the injunction in the brief it will file with the appeals court.

"Obviously the judge's ruling on this was very thorough and very tightly reasoned, and it'll be interesting to see how they structure their appeal," said Sun spokeswoman Lisa Poulsen. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Sun officials weren't surprised that Microsoft decided to appeal the ruling, Poulsen said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?